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Road to Morocco (1942)

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.


David Butler


Frank Butler (original screenplay), Don Hartman (original screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Jeff Peters
Bob Hope ... Orville 'Turkey' Jackson / Aunt Lucy
Dorothy Lamour ... Princess Shalmar
Anthony Quinn ... Mullay Kasim
Dona Drake ... Mihirmah
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Hyder Khan
Mikhail Rasumny ... Ahmed Fey
George Givot ... Neb Jolla


Jeff and Turkey, two wild and crazy guys adrift on a raft in the Mediterranean, are cast away on a desert shore and hop a convenient camel to an Arabian Nights city where Turkey soon finds himself sold as a slave...to luscious Princess Shalmar of Karameesh. Naturally, Jeff would like to rescue Turkey from this "dire" fate, even if it means taking his place! But they haven't figured on virile desert chieftain Mullay Kassim, who has designs on the princess himself... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You'll Shriek At These Shieks! . . . trying the double - Oh! on Sheikess Dorothy Lamour! See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Considered one of the centerpieces of the collection, it received its initial telecast in Philadelphia Monday 5 January 1959, launching the MCA/Paramount film series in that city on WCAU (Channel 10) and was also telecast that same day in Los Angeles on KNXT (Channel 2) and in St. Louis on KMOX (Channel 4); its initial telecasts followed in Chicago 11 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 29 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 2 March 1959 on WTCA (Channel 11), and in Pittsburgh, where it launched the MCA/Paramount Film Library, Monday 6 April 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), followed by Asheville 8 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13) and Milwaukee 19 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6). In Detroit it first aired 25 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Johnstown 13 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in San Francisco 14 August 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was first released on DVD by Universal 17 June 1998 and again 5 March 2002 and again 4 May 2004, as part of the On the Road with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection, and since that time has also been a frequent flyer on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


When Jeff and Orville are seated on the shore after the ship wreck, Jeff inserts his dry cigarettes into his left breast pocket, with the tops visible. They disappear, however, when the camel makes its entrance, and are never seen again. They can't have fallen into the pocket since Jeff had pushed them to the bottom of the pocket. See more »


Jeff Peters: [to Turkey] What are you made up for any how? What is this? Ladies night in a Turkish bath or something?
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Referenced in The Princess and the Pirate (1944) See more »


Ain't Got a Dime to My Name (Ho Hum)
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Don't Take It Seriously
2 December 2002 | by mgirlSee all my reviews

The Road to Morocco is the best of Crosby/Hope road movies, in my humble opinion. Yes, the plot is paper thin, but the comedy and self-deprecating humor is there. Much of the comedy is slapstick, but this is a movie that's not afraid to say "It's just a movie, don't take it seriously." In the first song, Crosby and Hope allude to it being just another road movie. Naturally they'll meet Dorothy Lamour, and they have nothing to fear, because Paramount will protect them. This is not a movie to have a serious, philosophical discussion about. This is a movie to pop into the VCR on a Saturday night and forget about your worries.

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Release Date:

8 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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